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Pocket Solar Charger

Sure, many gadgets today have built-in lithium-ion batteries, but for those that still require them, rechargeable is the way to go, as they save both money and reduce hazardous waste. Unfortunately, many require charging times in excess of 4 hours. So, Instructables user Shawn Frayne decided to show the internet how to create a pocket-sized solar battery charger using just a playing card and some supplies. Continue reading for a video and the instructions.

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Don't have a pool and can't find a local YMCA or gym? Well, there's always the option of building your own giant water blob at home. Simply put, a water blob is basically a large piece of plastic sheeting that's filled with water. When completed, it makes a cool, dry play surface for all ages. Want extra cooling? Turn on a sprinkler and place the blob nearby to transform it into a Slip'N Slide of sorts. Continue reading for the tutorial.

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Always wanted your own airsoft machine gun, but don't want to shell out the money for a real weapon? This video is just for you, as all you'll need to build your own is: a Soda Bottle, 5/16" x 8" Automotive Brake Line, 1/4" Quick Release Air Compressor Fitting, and an Air Compressor Blow Gun. Continue reading for a video.

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Tired of regular bowls? Then why not make your own chocolate bowls? All you need are some standard balloons, melted chocolate (any variety would work), and you're ready to go. These are great for ice cream and possibly a few other frozen snacks. Continue reading for the tutorial.

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Sometimes, showering after a long day out is just not possible, without stepping into a hotel, that is unless...you make your own portable shower. If you follow these 6 easy steps, smelling fresh after a long hike, extended sports sessions, etc., will be easier than ever. Continue reading for the tutorial.

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Windex fans rejoice! This simple hack will enable you to use every last ounce of liquid in a spray bottle, without needing to open the top and pour the last few ounces out. Simply put as possible, "by replacing the hard suction tube with flexible tubing and adding a weight to the end of it, the suction tube will naturally fall to the lowest point of the container; this will allow end of the tube to stay submerged regardless of how the bottle is positioned." Continue reading for a video tutorial and more information.

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In KipKay's latest tutorial, you'll learn how to "turn a MiniMag flashlight into a powerful DVD laser pointer -- this 245mw laser is powerful and fits real cozy in a MiniMag." Video after the break.

As you know...lasers can be dangerous. Never point them at any living object!T his is not a toy, and this should not be used like a conventional laser pointer.
[via Instructables]

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In this tutorial, we learn "how to hack a simple flashlight and transform it into a night vision flashlight -- items needed for the project cost less than $10 and you get perfect night vision." Video after the break.

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Master hacker "Kipkay" is back at it again, and this time he shows us how to make a "mysterious light bulb", which can be used to prank friends or co-workers. Video tutorial after the break.

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If DIY home security is your thing, then check out this nifty creation, which lets you "send text messages to your newly made surveillance-cellphone and receive pictures/videos seconds later." Video after the break. Click here for first picture in gallery. Instruction page.

Utilizing a couple of cameraphones, a microcontroller, solenoid relays, a photoresistor, wires galore, a soldering iron and a robust picture messaging plan, this cameraphone activated cameraphone can be used to snap pictures of a pre-defined location whenever you get curious
[via Engadget]

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